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entirely gone for ever, might | tion, to suffer the second death, perhaps obtain the name of is not a benefit flowing to them death, in part at least, because it from his redemption, nor to is the most striking and effect-them an object of desire and ing emblem and figure, of any hope, but, rather, of dread and thing actually seen here; of the horror.. complete everlasting, separation Q. I thank you for the pains of the whole man from all good to you have taken to explain your all evil, under sensible express- ideas; but must take some time ions of divine wrath, in which to consider and weigh what you consists that eternal death which have stated, before I express an is the wages of sin...
opinion on the subject of this Q. Is not Christ vested with conference. And as it is probthe high anthority and honor and able, that I shall not have anothpowers of the supreme and final er interview with you very soon, Judge of the quick and the dead, if ever ; in case there shall ap: and will he not exercise and dis- pear to me to be any serious play the same, in raising the and really weighty objections to dead and passing and executing your sentiments, possibly I may the final sentence, in regard to communicate them in a letter... both the righteous and the wicked R. If my sentiments are not as a reward of his obedience and according to truth, I wish they
sufferings for the redemption may be corrected, and become jend salvation of sinful men ? agreeable to it. And therefore,
R. I readily admit that this if to you, or to others, it shall is the case. Yet whilst true be-appear, that the leading ideas Lievers, who have done good, which Í have expressed, are liacome forth to the resurrection able to serious and really weighty of life, as a blessed and glorious objections ; I would willingly privilege procured for them by see them clearly stated, and hope is mediation, and to be enjoyed I may be able to consider and Whem as a fruit of his redemp- examine them with candor, and
h; the wicked will, by his an honest desire to know the almighty power, be raised up, truth. and come forth to the resurrection of damnation. And although Christ, by what he hath done in
Q. and R. his mediatorial character, hath obtained for himself; to be exer
DIALOGUE. cised in his incarnate person, On the import of 2 Cor. xii. 18. the distinguished privilege and high prerogative, not only, of Q. CIR, I find some difficulty raising and rewarding his saints; 1 w in reconciling Paul's but also, of raising the wicked observation to the Crointhians, dead, and passing and executing that, being crafty, he caught the sentence of final condemna-them with guile, with Peter's extion upon them ; and in this hortation, to lay aside all guile ; sense, his raising them is a fruit and with Paul's own words in anof his mediation, and an honor other part of his same epistle, and matter of joy to his church ; | where, speaking of the manner yet to the wicked their resurrec- / in which lie and his fellow-la
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Porer's officiated in the gospel mentioned in the preceding ministry, he said, “ We have chapter, who labor to destroy renounced the hidden things of my character and influence adishonesty, not walking in crafii- inong you, say or suggest, ness, nor handling the word of that, being a designing crafty God deceitfully ; but, by mani- man, I artfully obtained considfestation of the truth, commend- erable sums from you through ing ourselves to every man's the agency of others, whom ! conscience in the sight of God.” | employed for that purpose. With this aceount, his declara- But was this the case ? Did I tion, that, being crafty, he caught make a gaindid I obtain any them with guile, seems to be in- | thing.of you, by those whom I consistent ; as well as with the sent among you? I did not. words of the apostle Peter. | I desired Titus to visit you, and
R. Had Paul meant to tell the sent another brother and fellow Corinthians, that he, being craf- laborer with him. Did Titus ty, had in fact caught them make a gain of you, by persuadwith guile, I do not see how his | ing you to contribute any thing words could be well reconciled in return for his services, either with the other passages you have for his own use, or for mine? mentioned. But I conceive Paul | Did not he, and I, and the other did not mean to assert any such brother, manifest the same spirit thing.
and express the same disinterestQ. Did not mean to assert ed regard for your best good, and any such thing But his de- pursue one and the samé course, claration was express. He said in ministering to you freelyin so many words, “ Being craf- gratuitously--without exacting ty, I caught you with guile.” or taking any pecuniary reward? 2. Cor. xii. 18.
| You know that this was the case. R. Though Paul wrote these And therefore the suggestion words; yet they are not to be of those deceitful workers and viewed as a declaration of what | false apostles, that, being crafty, he actually did ; but of what I canght you with guile, is unhis enemies falsely suggested founded and false. That such concerning him. The 16th, is the general import of the 17th, and 18th verses run thus : [ passage, will, I think, appear “ But be it so. Y did not bur- clearand indisfatable, bya careful den you': nevertheless, being attention to its scope, and concrafty, I caught you with guile. nection with tlie preceding con. Did I make a gain of you by any text, and with the things conof them wliom I sent unto you? | tained in the eleventh chapter I desired Titus, and with him I of this epistle, and in the ninth sent a brother : did Titus triake chapter of his first epistle to the a gain of you? walked we not in sanie church. the same spirit ? walked we not Q. SirIf your explanation in the same steps ?"-As if the exhibits the true meaning of the apostle had said, Though it be me as I am rather inclined to true, that I did not burden you beiieve it does, I think the adwith the expense of my support, vocates for pious frauds, can dewhen I preached the cospel to rive no support from this examyóú; yet the false apostles, I ple of Paul.
R. If any cite this passage as place where they are found, furnishing an example to coun: lest he be led or take a liberty, tenance guileful practices, or any from the mere sound of words, deceitful artifices, in regard to to preach doctrine contained the things of religion, I think, neither in that particular text, they pervert the words from nor in any other passage of the their true to a very opposite sacred volume. meaning:
Q. Well, I am more and more convinced, that when we read the scriptures, we ought to pay for the Christian Obs
From the Christian Observer. particular attention to the scope and connection of the several
Counterpart to the remarks on passages, to the subject of which Ministerial Faithfulness, drawn they treat, to the object or de
from the examțile of John the sign of the speaker, &c. Other
Baptist. wise we may be exposed to take in false ideas from the mere (Concluded from p. 108.] sound of words, or from a par. ticular sentence or proposition, TN a former paper I troubled which, if it stood singly and a- you with some Remarks on lone, would convey a very dif- the nature of Ministerial Faithferent idea from what it does, fulness, drawn from the examwhen viewed in the connection ple of John the Baptist, and I in which it stands, and with ref. I promised to add a few observaerence to the manifest design of tions applicable to the case of the speaker.
hearers. R. Your remark is yery just. We repair to Church, let it
By detaching particular prop- be supposed, expecting to be enositions found in the scriptures, tertained by an oratorical sermon, from the passages in which they or wishing to hear some docare used, and applying them in trinal point satisfactorily stated the sense which they would and discussed ; but the preachmost aaturally suggest, if they er disappoints us by a plain and stood singly and alone, we might pointed censure of some parti, make sad work with the Bible, cular vice, Now may not this and both prove and disprove | be a vice to which we are subthe same things the grossest ject? May not the very disapfalsehoods, as well as the most pointment which we feel be an certain truths. Therefore, when indication of our resting too a preacher takes, for his text, / much in general truths? Like some particular proposition, or the hearers of John the Baptist, sentence, or part of a sentence, be- we love to be instructed on any cause the words, taken by thein- subject rather than that of our selves, suggest an idea, or seem | own individual faults, and like to favor a sentiment, which he them we are displeased with the may wish to inculcate, te preacher because he fails to satcomes him to examine very isfy our curiosity, to confirm our carefully into their true mean- prejudices, to amuse our fancy, ing and import, in their proper and to gratify our taste. Many connection, and as used in the persons seem to imagine that a disposition merely to attend the pented of, or of his present pure preaching of the gospel, is a suf- poses to be changed; what are ficient evidence of a religious the sins of his particular age, state. They do not consider that temperament, and circumstanthe motives which produce the ces; what are the temptations crowded congregations of modo against which he has studiously ern times, may be no better than to guard ; what the affections those which led one multitude to which he must specially control; follow John the Baptist into the what the lusts which it is his duwilderness, and another multi-ty to renounce? Have you ears tude to gather round our Saviour to hear on these topics? Have when he preached his sermon you a heart to bow under this on the mount, “ Bring forth,” species of reproof? If you have said John, “ fruits meet for re-not, however sound may be the pentance." " Not every one doctrines which you profess, you that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, are not sound in your heart. You (said our Saviour) shall enter in- would have been offended with to the kingdom of heaven, but he John the Baptist, if you had been that doeth the will of my Father one of the multitude which went which is in heaven.” Novelty to hear him ; for he would have of every kind is almost sure to warned you of that very fault of entertain. The fame of a new which you cannot bear to be ad. preacher of repentance drew sol-monished. Are you a proud diers and publicans, as well as person ? He would have exhortpharisees, into the desert, and ed you to beware of that sin of He«. to whom the spirit was pride with which you are pos: given without measure,” He who sessed. Are you luxurious and wa's pre-eminently “ holy, harm- intemperate ? Put away, he would less, and undefiled," was eager- have cried, that sloth and self-in: ly followed by many of the pro- dulgence : rise early : be tem: fane, and was welcomed with perate in all things. Are you general hosannahs as he entered expensive and ostentatious ? Re: into Jerusalem; a city distin- duce, he would have said, that guished for shedding the blood. splendor in your equipage, and of the prophets, and now about that unbecoming finery in your to fill up the measure of its guilt. ) dress. Are you violent in your · I am persuaded, Mr. Editor, temper? Lay aside, he would thatin our days evangelical doc. have said, these sinful passions. trines seldom fail to be approv.« Keep thy tongue as with a ed by us, provided they are stat- bridle.”_" He that answereth a ed in general terms, and are al- matter before he heareth it, it is so countenanced by the circle or folly and shame unto him.” Are family in which we dwell. But you peevish and discontented, how do we bear to be reminded and, though blest with much of our own besetting sins ? John prosperity, apt to complain of the Baptist tried his hearers by some little circumstance in your this test. Reader, are you one lot. Fret not, he would have who desires to know what is said, because a servant has disoamiss in his temper, conversa- beyed you; because a friend tion, and conduct; what part of seems to have neglected you; his past actions needs to be re- | because some one has spread a
story to your prejudide ; Grieve monition of our fellow-creatures not because taxes are high; be- another ? And inay we not, cause additional economy must therefore, reasonably suspect our be practised; because the num- very prayers to God of being ber of your superfluities must hypocritical, if we are manifest. be a little retrenched : and if ly unwilling to take any oiher you should then complain of the mode of correcting our faults ? deficiency of his preaching, he As a philosopher, who is intent would have refused to address on some important discovery, you in any other strain than feels indebted to those who will this. Again are you overcome point out a mistake into which he by temptations ? Pluck out, he inay have fallen, and will in any would have said, this right eye: measure direct him in his fucut off this right hand : part ture course, so the Christian, with this Herodias, this forbid whose great object is to detect en indulgence. In vain do you the past errors of his lieart, and “ do many things" while this to advance in the way of eternal one thing is retained.
life, will not fail to welcome Here again I would remark, that faithful reproof. I would by no means be thought To conclude, That which John to undervalue the peculiar doc- the Baptist did at the hazard of trines of the gospel. These his very life, let Christians enunquestionably are of infinite courage both their ministers and importance, and ought often to private friends unreservedly. to be urged with earnestness and do, by shewing that it may be force. Be assured, however, done without exciting the least that if you are of that temper offence. “ Confess your faults which forbids your hearing pa- one to another, and pray one for tiently of your faults small as another, that ye may be healed." well as great : if you repel all “ Thou shalt in any wise rebuke those who are disposed to touch thy neighbor, and shalt not sufon subjects of this sort, you then fer sin in him.” “ Exhort one are no real disciple of Christ ; another daily, lest any of you be for the same spirit which is ne- hardened through the deceitfulcessary to the humble accept-ness of sin.”
S. P. ance of the gospel will incline you to submit no less readily to reproof. Can any man, for example he really trusting in From the Christian Observer. ; Christ, who is not convinced of his sin ; or can any man be tru- V OU have complied with my ly convinced of his sin in gener- 1 wishes, by publishing the al, who will not bear to hear of account of my visit to Theophin any one particular fault? How lus. In the persuasion that evindeed can he, who brooks no ery important occurrence in the admonition, be said even to pray life of such a character, cannot in sincerity and truth ; for is it fail to afford instruction and ennot the object of prayer to ob- tertainment to many of your reatain spiritual improvement ? Is ders, I now send you some furnot prayer one of the means of ther anecdotes respecting him. edification, and is not the ad-! Let me first, however, prez